National Anthem of Saudi Arabia
|English: The National Anthem|
National anthem of Saudi Arabia
|Lyrics||Ibrahim Khafaji, 1984|
|Music||Abdul Rahman Al-Khateeb, 1947|
The National Anthem of The Kingdom Saudi Arabia (Arabic: النشيد الوطني السعودي) was first officially adopted in 1950 with no lyrics and then again in 1984 with lyrics. The original composition was by Abdul-Rahman al-Khateeb (عبد الرحمن الخطيب) in 1947 and the brass instrumental version was later arranged by Seraj Omar (سراج عمر). The lyrics were written by Ibrahim Khafaji (إبراهيم خفاجي).
It is referred to simply as The National Anthem (النشيد الوطني an-Našīd al-Waṭaniyy), although it is commonly known by its incipit, Sārʿī (سارعي, "Hasten"), from Sārʿī lil-maǧdi wal-ʿalyāʾ (سارعي للمجد والعلياء, "Hasten to glory and supremacy!"). The lyrics call upon the country to hasten to greatness and raise the flag, glorify God, and asks Him to grant the King of Saudi Arabia long life.
The instrumental version is called the Royal Salute (السلام الملكي as-Salām al-Malakiyy) which is also the name of the ceremony in which it is played to salute senior members of the royal family as well as diplomatic figures.
|Arabic||Transliteration||English translation|
- "Allahu Akbar" means "God is the Greatest" in Arabic, but is expressed the same way by every Muslim in the world, regardless of their language.
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- Saudi Arabia: an-Nasheed al-Waṭaniy - Audio of the national anthem of Saudi Arabia, with information and lyrics
- The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC has an Audio page that includes the National Anthem in both vocal and instrumental versions.